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EKX Airport concept terminal design unveiled
New design is intended to assist in airline recruiting effort
The Elizabethtown Airport Board unveiled its concept design yesterday, Monday, October 15, 2007, for a new passenger airline terminal at the Elizabethtown Regional Airport (EKX).
Joe Yates, Chairman of the Elizabethtown Airport Board, said that the effort to restore passenger airline service at EKX is well underway and substantial support for the project has been lined up through the new Partnership for Central Kentucky Airline Service.
One of the key issues which needs to be addressed is that of developing a new passenger terminal at the Addington Field airport.
Recently, the Elizabethtown Airport Board commissioned a concept design for the passenger terminal from LHB Architects of Elizabethtown. The intent is to illustrate what a passenger terminal might look like at EKX and to provide the renderings to potential airlines.
"We wanted a design that will serve the community, Fort Knox and the region for many years to come." Chairman Yates said. adding. The design that LHB has provided meets those goals." He called the concept terminal "green" in its design, contributing to its overall efficiency and expandability.
The concept terminal is encased in glass which will allow for lots of natural sunlight to filter through the facility. Travelers will be able to watch aircraft operations. The design includes a USO lounge, a business center and a restaurant.
Both Yates and Schmidt stated that the final design may differ from the concept design; however, this provides the Airport Board with a concept which can be discussed with potential airlines. By commissioning the concept design now, the Airport Board will also be able to incorporate design suggestions from the airlines and the United States Transportation Security Administration which will improve the efficiency of the design.
The unveiling of the concept terminal design comes on the heels of the launch of the Elizabethtown Airport Board's new web site (www.ekxairport.com) which is designed to provide information about the airport and the airline service project. The project continues to generate substantial support from throughout Central Kentucky. To date, 72 government jurisdictions, chamber boards and industrial development boards, including several in Adair County, have passed formal resolutions of support for the project. The Board has received over 140 letters of support for the project.
The Elizabethtown Airport Board is a not for profit organization which operates the municipal airport in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Elizabethtown Regional Airport (EKX) began operations in 1982 as a general aviation airport and is currently engaged in efforts to restore commercial airline service to the field. EKX includes a 6,000 foot long runway which is "regional jet ready" with complete general aviation services. An Instrument Landing System (ILS) (localizer) has been installed which further enhances safety and increases the airport's all-weather operational capacity. EKX plans to build a passenger terminal should commercial airline service be restored.
This story was posted on 2007-10-16 09:03:31
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